One of the more interesting developments in ink technologies over recent years has been the advent of solid ink sticks to compete with inkjet and laser printers for home and office consumption. Although you won’t find a huge wealth of information about solid ink on places like About.com, the basic picture is that it is a new technology that eliminates the plastic and metal cartridges in favor of having a solid wax stick instead. As you will see in greater detail shortly, this new type of ink has some serious advantages for both printing quality and preserving the environment, and has proven to be a tough competitor in the printing supply industry.
One of the main complaints about both inkjet and toner cartridges is how expensive replacement ink/toner is for the average consumer. The ink cartridges are now the backbone of the large companies, and are depended on to generate the most income out of all the printing products sold. This has resulted in high prices and various tricks to convince consumers to buy new cartridges faster, before the ink has even run out. Solid ink sticks, on the other hand, have no cartridges and countermeasures to induce you to purchase more before you need to. The stick itself is also the ink, and once it is gone it is gone. Since the price for solid sticks is also significantly lower than other types of ink and toner that makes these little sticks a fantastic value for frugal individuals.
Solid ink is also far better for the environment. Laser printers are well known for releasing ozone when they print and filling landfills with millions of large plastic toner hoppers that take centuries to decompose. Solid ink not only does not have any waste to discard, but it does not release ozone either, making it a much more environmentally conscious option than the competition.